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Police seize marijuana-infused candy in Prince George's

Prince George’s County police said Friday the department had seized several boxes of candy infused with marijuana, and wanted to alert the public to be on the lookout for such items at Halloween.

Police said the candy included taffy, mint chocolate bars, blueberry chocolate bars and banana-walnut chocolate bars. Officials said each piece of the candy contained 100 milligrams of THC -- a principal ingredient found in the Cannabis plant.

“This is the first time we’ve seen ... this type of marijuana-infused product in Prince George’s County,” said Captain Chuck Hamby, assistant commander of the county’s Narcotic Enforcement Division.

The boxes came to the county from the west coast and Colorado, according to officials with the narcotic division and the Maryland Area Drug Task Force.

Hamby did not give details of how the items were seized, saying it was the subject of an ongoing investigation 

Hamby said there was no indication the candy was intended to be handed out at Halloween, but...

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Man charged in killing of Windsor Mill crab house security guard

Baltimore County police said they have charged a 24-year-old man in the killing of a crab house security guard who had been trying to break up a brawl last December.

Devin Michael Jones faces a single first-degree murder charge and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Jones was charged on Thursday, according to court records.

The security guard, Eugene Flanagan Jr., 38, died on Dec. 13, 2013 after he was shot. Police said Flanagan had been working with other guards to break up a fight that had started inside the Windsor Inn in the 7200 block of Windsor Mill Road, and was helping to escort people outside. But the fight carried on in the parking lot and Flanagan used pepper spray on a woman, according to police.

As the fight continued, Jones approached Flanagan and shot him in the upper body, police said.

In a statement announcing the arrest, police gave no indication of how Jones was identified as a suspect and declined to release charging documents. No...

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Records indicate stolen X-Box led police to Anne Arundel murder suspect

A stolen X-Box gaming system led Anne Arundel police and the FBI to a suspect in the killing of a Hanover Exxon clerk, authorities say in newly unsealed court documents.

Last week, police announced the arrest of Robin Tyrone Smith, 26, of Glen Burnie in the killing of Rajinder Kumar on Aug. 7. Kumar, 49, was working the midnight shift at a gas station in the 7800 block of Ridge Road when he was fatally shot during a robbery.

At the time of Smith's arrest, authorities said little about how the investigation led to him, but a search warrant affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court offers new insight.

An FBI agent wrote that police enhanced surveillance video from the gas station that showed the killer used a .45-caliber Springfield Armory XD 45 firearm. Investigators learned of a burglary that had occurred a day earlier in which that type of gun had been taken, the agent wrote.

Also taken in the burglary were an X-Box system and various games, as well as .45-caliber hollow-point...

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Colo. man convicted in '00 Dundalk murder-for-hire case

A Baltimore County jury has convicted a Colorado man police say was a murder-for-hire "middle man" in the killing of a Dundalk woman 14 years ago.

Grant Agbara Lewis, 36, of Denver, was found guilty late Thursday of first-degree murder and a conspiracy charge in the death of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski.

Investigators alleged that the woman's boyfriend, Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, hired Lewis and another Colorado man, Alexander Charles Bennett, 35. They say Cooke wanted to collect a $700,000 life insurance policy he had taken out on Bernadzikowski months before her death.

Bernadzikowski was found dead in her home in April 2000. The case had gone cold for years until new DNA evidence linked Bennett to the crime. Bennett pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder and testified against Lewis this week.

Lewis' attorney could not be reached Friday.

Investigators alleged Lewis was the "middle man" in the plot. He communicated with Cooke, researched details such as Bernadzikowski's...

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Victim becomes conspirator in double shooting case

For more than a year, Dacora Ross' former boyfriend Carlos Wheeler has been held in a Baltimore jail awaiting trial for a murder conspiracy that involved two shootings. He was also charged with assaulting Ross and later attempting to intimidate her as a witness.

But last week, prosecutors took a new position on Ross' involvement. After taking additional evidence to a grand jury, they charged the 21-year-old nursing assistant at a Columbia senior care facility with being part of the conspiracy and intimidating a witness herself.

When police attempted to take her into custody, Assistant State's Attorney Thiru Vignarajah said in court Thursday, she eluded officers after a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds greater than 80 mph through residential areas of Baltimore, and was on the run for six days.

Ross wore a pink jail jumpsuit and did not speak during her first appearance in court. But her attorney denounced the case against her as nothing more than a heavy-handed move to get her to...

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Halloween shooting in Belair-Edison leaves man dead

Police were investigating a Friday afternoon fatal shooting in Belair-Edison that left a man dead, the latest recent incident of gun violence in that Northeastern Baltimore neighborhood.

The shooting was reported at about 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of Brendan Ave. Police said a 22-year-old man was shot multiple times and taken to a hospital, where he died. No other information was provided.

The killing happened not far from where 30-year-old Shakim Gilliam was killed about a week ago. Gilliam is believed to have been shot the night of Oct. 22, but no one reported gunshots to police and his body was found the next day behind a vacant home in the neighborhood. Police have not announced any arrests in that case.

Two days before Gilliam's shooting, a non-fatal shooting was reported in the 3500 block of Juneway. Detectives made an arrest of a suspect who they described as a "conspirator" but not the shooter, and said the motive was robbery.

Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to...

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